Chronic headaches can be debilitating.Taking aspirin or getting some rest is not always enough to provide comfort for people who regularly suffer from headaches. If left untreated, a patient suffering from chronic headaches also can develop an assortment of other physical and mental problems including insomnia, anxiety, depression, and daytime fatigue. Many consider visiting their doctor to get to the bottom of what is causing their headaches, but not as many are aware of the benefits of discussing their headaches with a Carlsbad dentist.
Some people who do not have proper alignment of their bite and jaw can experience severe discomfort, often manifesting itself as a headache. This is especially true for those who have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ causes inflammation in the jaw joints which could lead to serious discomfort. A visit to the dentist in La Jolla could get TMJ diagnosed and treated.
Severe headaches including migraines often occur as a result of TMJ because of the temporomandibular joint is very close to the trigeminal nerve, which transmits more sensory input than any other neural pathway in the entire body. Treating headache pain with aspirin or other medication only addresses the symptoms rather than treating the underlying issue, which could be a misaligned jaw.
A visit to a La Costa dental office can treat the TMJ, or refer you to an ADA approved neuromuscular dentist who could use their specialized training and experience to analyze your bite and determine the ideal resting position for your jaw. If TMJ or another oral issue is causing your headaches, a trip to the dentist is the best way to diagnose and treat the problem.
If the cause of your chronic headaches is TMJ, medication will not stop them from returning. Instead, a dentist can treat the cause, possibly by prescribing an oral device that brings your jaw back into its proper alignment and restores a proper bite.
If you would like more information on TMJ or would like to schedule an appointment with a Carlsbad dentist, call (858) 345-4497 to speak with our friendly staff.